Freeland speaks on foreign policy

Freeland speaks on foreign policy

UPDATED June 6, 2017 12:49pmET

Canada and other countries must be prepared for a United States willing to “shrug off the burden of world leadership,” according to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who delivered a lengthy policy speech to the House of Commons this morning:

Conservative MP Garnett Genuis was first to respond:

More reaction:

Freeland also spoke to reporters after the speech.

The government has this related motion on the order paper:

That the House

(a) recognize that the government is committed to a foreign policy that supports multilateralism and rules-based international systems, human rights, gender equality, the fight against climate change, and economic benefits being shared by all;

(b) recognize that further leadership on the part of Canada is both desirable and required; and

(c) support the government’s decision to use the foregoing principles to guide Canadian foreign policy.

The House of Commons also considers a motion from Conservative MP Colin Carrie on carbon pricing:

That the Standing Committee on Finance be instructed to undertake a study on:

(a) how the government could examine approaches and methods to ensure maximum transparency for consumers related to the costs of carbon pricing, including a requirement for a dedicated line item on invoices and receipts;

(b) mechanisms the government could use to report annually to Parliament on the financial impact, past and projected, of the federally-mandated price on carbon on Canadian households and employers;

and that the Committee report its findings and recommendations to the House within four months of the adoption of this motion.

MPs also vote on last week’s Conservative motion on the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

In committee:

  • Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is at the human resources committee to discuss seniors’ issues. LIVE ONLINE 12pm ET / 9am PT
  • Auditor General Michael Ferguson discusses his latest reports at the agriculture committee.
  • Daniel Therrien, the federal privacy commissioner, briefs the ethics committee on Canadians’ privacy at airports, borders, and travelling to the United States.
  • Federal officials appear at the transport committee to answer questions on water quality.

-Andrew Thomson